The Army’s Ecological Task Force is One Battalion You Should Hear About

These eco-troops have done wonders in the places they’ve been deployed so far. They are usually involved in afforestation and eco-restoration programs, combating environmental degradation in areas affected by mining and desertification.

The Environmental Angle: Beijing Comes Foward To Save The World, New Delhi Lags Behind

The money-minting coal auctions in India belie a larger choice by the Indian administration of economic growth over environmentalism. Environmentalists in India have been raising concerns over the recent Budget.

Drought Causes Distress In Maharashtra

A few weeks ago, the state’s government stated that 60% of its villages were facing a “Drought-like-condition”. This means that crop yield of the area was less than 50% of the standard yield. 23,811 of the state’s 39,453 villages fall in this category.

Delhi Has World’s Worst Air: Are We Breathing In Toxins?

American embassy in Delhi purchased over 1,800 high-performance portable indoor air purifiers to protect employees at the embassy and other locations.

Boom In The Big Cat Population

I personally believe, more and more forest areas should be brought under hard-core surveillance, reservation and protection. “India’s outstanding result demonstrates that tigers can recover and thrive, even in densely populated countries with a focus on economic growth—as long as there is political will and the commitment to get results,” said Dr. Barney Long, Director of Species Conservation at the World Wide Fund for Nature-USA (WWF). Since the primary goals of the NDA government are economic growth and development, many environmentalists and nature-lovers fear forests would degrade and human-animal conflicts would rise. Therefore, suggestions and recommendations have come up to pursue eco-friendly development for the betterment of society and fauna at large.

The (Deadly) Holy River

If these many dead bodies are found floating between Kanpur and Unnao, one can easily imagine the state of Varanasi, the holiest of all cities in India. Bodies are burned daily in cremation ceremonies near the banks of the river in Varanasi— sometimes as many as 200 cremations a day are performed. Everything is considered holy in Varanasi, so much so, that if a dead body floats by, which it does quite often, it seldom bothers anyone . This can perhaps be described as the “dawn of the dead reality show” turned real.

Beijing Becoming Uninhabitable Due To Pollution?

Pollution has always been China’s major environmental concern. However, the ever-increasing levels of pollution in the country are dangerously close to making the place uninhabitable. People walking around the streets wearing paper masks and air purifying filters is a frequent and common sight in Beijing. On days with heavy smog, people in Beijing avoid going out in the streets at all and spend their day at home or retreat in a conditioned atmosphere with adequate protection from the foul air.

Winters Are Too Much to Handle, And So Are Summers And Monsoons

However, it amuses me to see the hilarious take of Indian news channels on winters; for that matter, any season. They are downright pessimistic about reporting the weather. If it’s chilly then it’s too chilly; if it’s not cold, then why they question why have the winters not arrived. When there is a snow fall then it’s a problem, if not then why isn’t there any snow fall this season? The weather can never satisfy the people. Summers are too hot, monsoons are too wet. In any which way, the weather change is always too much to handle.

Growing Landfills: A Threat To Residents In Vicinity

Recently, when we were going towards Ghaziabad, we crossed the monstrous trash mountain of Gazipur landfill; filthy and huge. Hazardous waste, leaching out toxic liquids and emanating noxious fumes with thousands of scavenging birds swarm over them as they grow larger every day.

Bhopal Gas Tragedy: 30 Years Of Suffering, No Justice

The Union Carbide plant, which took the lives of thousands, still stands there in all its rustic “glory”, abandoned, untouched but still echoing the horror it spread in the city. The soil and groundwater around the factory has been deemed contaminated. There are still potentially harmful chemicals lying around the premises but the government doesn’t seem to care now. After all, it’s been years, it’s old and forgotten now.

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